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Key topic areas covered include: Higher Education, Further Education & Skills, Secondary, and Primary & Early Years.

Dr. Emma Waltham, Maternity Returns Specialist

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The Importance of Developing Modern Foreign Languages in the Curriculum

In a 2020 survey, almost 40% of primary schools stated that pupils do not always receive language teaching according to the time allocated each week throughout the year. Donna Lee, Headteacher at Nettleworth Primary School shared with us the importance of including modern foreign languages in the curriculum and how a school-wide programme has been developed to include languages at the school.

The Environmental Benefits of Hybrid Working

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. We heard from Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, shared with us some recent research into the environmental benefits of hybrid working.

Introducing the Midwifery T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form

T-levels are an alternative qualification students can study as an alternative to studying A levels. We heard from Ruth Coyle, Director of Learning at La Retraite Catholic Girls School about how the school is introducing a Midwifery T-Level to the curriculum.

Updating School Estates: the Impact of the Condition Improvement Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the landscape of academy and trust financial management. We heard from Tim Warneford, Director of Warneford Consulting, about the Condition Improvement Fund,, and what funds are needed to improve the condition of school estates.

Showcasing Local Employers to Improve Youth Employment Opportunities

The number of young people not in education, employment or training in January to March 2022 was estimated at 10.4%. We heard from Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor at Somerset County Council, about how the TalentEd Academy programmes has provided young people with opportunities to explore future careers following education.

Using Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds to Reduce the Attainment Gap

The Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds have been fundamental in helping schools decrease the attainment gap between students and helping disadvantaged students catch up with their peers. We heard from Lee Raftery, Deputy Headteacher of the Royal Liberty School about how interventions funded by the catch-up fund have helped improve student progress.

How the Pandemic has Changed the Face of Widening Access Outreach – Learning and Challenges

Throughout the pandemic universities have had to devise new ways to deliver outreach programmes to disadvantaged students. We heard from Dr Andrew Ross about how the pandemic changed the way the Widening Access team at the University of Bath delivered outreach programmes.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Lockdowns have had a massive impact on the education sector, with schools across the UK being closed for months on end, and learning having to move online. This briefing examines the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on the education sector; discussing the ways schools have had to adapt teaching strategies so students are continually supported in their learning journey.

Introducing the Construction T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form

T Levels provide students with an alternative qualification to A Levels and can help students get into skilled employment and higher education. We heard from the Director of Learning at La Retraite Sixth form about how they are working to introduce a Construction T Level to the curriculum.

Developing Digital Capacity For Technology Enhanced Learning

In this article, Professor Gunter Saunders, Associate Director for Digital Engagement at the University of Westminster discusses how improving teacher digital literacy can enhance student learning.

10 Tips for Effective use of Pupil Premium to Support More Able Disadvantaged Learners

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nettlesworth Primary School has developed a school wide strategy to support disadvantaged learners. We heard from Headteacher Donna Lee about ways pupil premium funding can be used effectively to support learners of all abilities.

Interview: Workplace Allocation Strategies at Brunel University

Nearly two-thirds of staff in higher education are unhappy with the level of support they receive from employers. Workload is one of the main drivers for this dissatisfaction, with some staff working an average of 50 hours per week. We spoke to Strategic Planning Manager, Erica Moses Neacy, about how Workplace Allocation Management has helped improve staff workload at Brunel University.

In Conversation: Tackling Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

Throughout the pandemic Higher education providers have had to devise new ways to support student and staff wellbeing. In this interview with University of Bath, Staff Wellbeing Manager, Heather Girling, we explore how to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.

In Conversation: Becoming a Net-Zero University, Turning Ambitions into Reality

In recent years higher education providers have made efforts to improve sustainability; most UK universities now have sustainability pledges. The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this movement, with carbon reduction targets in place across all its campuses. We spoke to Andy Nolan, the Director of Sustainability and Development at the University of Nottingham about turning these ambitions into reality.

Attainment Gap: Cultural Capital and the Attainment Gap

Cultural Capital is the knowledge children need to prepare them for future success in life. We heard from Jackie O’Hanlon of the Royal Shakespeare Company about how culture and the arts can be used to help close the attainment gap and improve language development.

Attainment Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

For the first time since 2011 As a result of the pandemic and the impact of remote learning, the attainment gap between children has started to widen. Alex Quigley, of the Education Endowment Foundation shared how early intervention and sustained parental involvement in learning can help provide better support to disadvantaged students.

Attainment Gap: Using Schoolwide Strategies to Tackle the Attainment Gap

The pandemic posed significant challenges for schools, with remote learning and disruption to learning widening the attainment gap across England. We heard from Sarah Rostrom of St Bede Church of England Primary Academy about how innovative schoolwide strategies can improve support for teachers, enabling them to deliver bespoke learning packages to students to tackle the attainment gap.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Early Years Development: Strategies for Preventing and Closing Attainment Gaps

Many children start school, unequipped with the speech, language, and communication skills that would be expected at school-entry age. The Norwich Opportunity Partnership Area Board are working to strengthen early-childhood development statistics in the area. We heard from Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area on how Communication hubs and champions can help to support these children in their development.

Youth Employability: Widening Access to Technical Education

The DFE have developed several new policies to reform the further education sector, with the aims of improving youth employability. We heard from Sue Lovelock from the Department for Education about the value of T Levels and the importance of widening access to technical education to further promote employment.